Moving Pictures: How a Visual Artist Changed the Music Scene

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If you’ve been to a festival or any major concerts over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed some innovations happening around the stage. Gone are the days of just stationary or moving lights for arena shows – it’s all about LED screens and 3D projections now. In fact, for most major acts, if you’re not consistently elevating your stage setup and performance, you may start to bore even your most die-hard fans. After all, no matter how much you love a band’s song, one can only listen to Africa by Toto SO many times, right?

While this may seem commonplace to some in this day and age, back in the early ’90s the majority of stage setups consisted only of sets of spotlights, with the back wall typically reserved for an oversized display of the headliner’s logo. This may not be unusual now for bar shows and smaller venues, but when your fans are paying sometimes hundreds of dollars to see you perform, you better make sure you’re consistently delivering.

One way major artists like Dead & Company, Tipper, and Shpongle ensure they’re consistently bringing their A-game is by employing visual wizards like Johnathan Singer.

Courtesy of Johnathan SingerA lifelong creative, Johnathan Singer is something of a legend in the Moving Visual Art world. Having helped consistently advance the art of VJ-ing, Singer has been moving lights and painting stories for well over two decades. 

“I was always an artist. Always doing graffiti and street art. Trying to participate in that world in LA – which is a tough, but a great thing, because anytime you’re in an environment like that – having competition always allows you to raise your level instead of staying stagnant. Growing up in Los Angeles, as you can imagine, …

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Author: Jon Cappetta / High Times

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